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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Frito Dog

Frito Dogs Recipe

8 all beef hot dogs

8 hot dog buns

1 (15 ounce) can chili (with beans)

1  1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1  1/2 cups Frito chips (crushed)

Pickled jalapeno slices

1. In a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat cook the chili so heated through. Keep warm.

2.  Lightly grease the grill grates of an outdoor grill (you can also use an indoor grill pan or op[en fire). Heat the grill to medium-high heat. Place hot dogs onto the grill and grill until they are slightly charred on the outside.

3. Place hot dog buns onto the grill cut side down and grill until lightly toasted.

4. Place hot dogs onto the buns. Top with chili, shredded cheese,  pickled jalapeno slices, and crushed Frito chips.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Crispy Baked Potato Chips

2 medium Idaho or red skin potatoes, washed & unpeeled
cooking spray
favorite dried herb blend

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil and generously coat the foil with cooking spray. Slice the potatoes roughly ¼ inch thick lengthwise. A hand slicer works the best for an even slicing. Rinse under cold water and pat each slice dry with paper towels.
Evenly distribute the slices in a single layer on the greased sheet pan. Be sure to not overcrowd the slices as they will stick together during baking. Generously coat the slices with cooking spray and season to taste with salt.
Bake on the middle rack at 425 degrees for 6 minutes. Carefully flip the slices and return to the oven. Bake for an additional 4-6 minutes depending on desired crispness.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with your favorite dried herb blend. Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a plate as they will continue to crisp while cooling. This part is optional: I occasionally like to move the pan to the top rack for the last 1-2 minutes to add more brown color to the slices. Makes 1 serving but can be scaled for larger portions.

Historical moment wait til 21

President Reagan signed into law on July 17, 1984 the Uniform Drinking Age Act mandating all states to adopt 21 as the legal drinking age. By 1988 all states had set 21 as th minimum dinking age. It is estimated that 900+ lives have been saved. Many of these may be teens who could no longer legally drink as they were under age. 

If a teen waits to the age of 21 to start drinking a teen protects his or her health Teens are often unable to maintain their behavior under the influence of alcohol. This can lead to dangerous decisions they may make to show off for friends. Anger may also come out leading to fights or hurting their selves in other manners. 

Happy Birthday Ernie Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway saw life as a game and one that he was always losing. He lived dangerously to protech his own dignity but this was brave of him but also dangerous.

He tried to prove his courage through fishing for marlin off coast of Cuba, hunting lions in Kenya, and continously looking for the one thing that would push his bravery. He lived with an impulse of suicide and at 62 years old that impulse overcame his will to live. His father had also died via suicide when Ernest was only a young boy.

Hemingway left behind for all of us to enjoy wonderful treasures to read and share. Novels such as The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, To Have and Have not. Born into this world Ernest Miller Hemingway July 21, 1899 he fought a battle to live his mark on the world. He was an American author and journalist who influenced many different parts of society from literature. Most of his work would come between the 1920's and 1950s. From his early 30s to early 60s he was conquering his own fear and sharing his talent of fiction with all. In the end he left the world where he would be remembered in pain, broke and wishing for more.

Happy Birthday Mr. Hemingway, thank you for your talent and sharing it with the world.

Cooking Over Campfire

There are a few tips when cooking over a camp fire. You want to use dead, dry wood so that you will have a clean burn. You may want to check at the campsite office or in our area you can find it at the local gas stations and speedy shops. If you are camping in different areas it is not good to take wood from one campsite to another.

Using a fire pit whether built in naturally at many parks in my area or you bring your own it is the easiest way to start a fire that you will cook over. If you are using nature make sure you are burning on rock or dirt and not on top of brush or foliage so that you do not start a fire. A fire barrier which is normally all ready provided will help fire burn slower making perfect for cooking.

I learned this little foil pack dinner when in girl scouts. We prepared them on a campout and had lots of fun. Makes sense that I found this recipe again on thrifty fun

2 potatoes
1 lb. hamburger (I use ground turkey)
1-2 cans cream of mushroom soup (I use Campbell's Healthy Request)
2 cups frozen mixed veggies, defrosted in cooler
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cut the potatoes into 1-2 inch cubes and place on a foil square. Fold sides in to make a foil packet. Place on fire to pre-cook potatoes until soft. My husband didn't used to do this at camp, but I think the potatoes are too crunchy if you don't.
Once potatoes are soft, start an assembly line with the remaining ingredients. Start with 4-6 foil squares (big enough to make a packet). Spread on a thin layer of condensed cream of mushroom soup; this keeps the remaining ingredients from sticking to the foil. Layer raw ground meat, potatoes, vegetables, shredded cheese, and more soup.
Fold foil into packets, and place on or in fire.
Dinner will be ready in about 20-30 minutes. Eat straight from the foil or transfer onto a plate.
Save any leftover potatoes to scramble in with campfire eggs and sausage in the morning.
Time:5 Minutes Preparation Time
40 Minutes Cooking Time

SoapBox:: Cellphones and Driving

While this cartoon is meant to be funny the truth is that there is a serious issue with drivers talking on cell phones. Recently, on more than one occasion my son who has been driving for over 10 years was on the highway and nearly ran off or hit by someone talking on a cell phone. This is not just a youth problem as many believe it is an every day driver problem that affects all.

I have voiced my opinoin on this soap box , now what is your opinion. Do have an issue with driving and chatting on the cell phone?? 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dog House Repair Month

July is Dog House Repair month. If you dog needs a new home there are many different plans on the internet that can help you make them the perfect dog house. My dogs have houses and other than cleaning they are in great shape. I take this time to make a fe changes that are needed. While, it is hot outside in the middle of summer and winter may be the furthest thing from your mind it is the perfect time to make changes so this winter your dog will be better off.

That's right so lets get started:

Remember last winter and the cold wind that blew?? What direction did it blow from?? You will want to face the opening of the dog house away from the direction of the win. By the way your doghouse should be in a well shaded area during the summer months.

Make a door flap on the dog house so when your dog goes in and out their home stays warm and comfortable. It can be easily done using a piece of carpet, heavy fabric or linelium Simply hang over the opening of the door where your pet will be able to get in and out. You may not want to do this til it gets cooler as it may make dogs house to hot in summer

Put the dog house up on a palate or something so that the chill will not get them to cold.

Purchase some cedar shavings or straw to place in and around your dog house

In all weather types make sure your pet stays fed and watered. Both winter and summer weather have the possibility of dehydrating your dog